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Faculty Accounts of Teaching Geoscientific Thinking

These personal accounts were submitted by faculty in preparation for the Teaching Methods of Geoscience workshop in June 2012. Participants were asked to describe their insights into teaching the methods of geoscience based on their experience teaching the methods, research on teaching, or their geoscience research.


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My metaphoric earth science life story
Catherine Lange, Buffalo State College
My metaphoric earth science life story Catherine Lange, Earth Sciences and Science Education, Buffalo State College My roots are deeply embedded in the bedrock of my early life as an urban high school earth ...

Why do we teach geoscience to non-majors?
Kaatje Kraft, Whatcom Community College
Why do we teach geoscience to non-majors? Kaatje Kraft, Physical Science, Mesa Community College In a recent homework assignment a student submitted about the nature of geoscience, he cited a webpage that ...

Teaching the methods of geoscience in a mineralogy class
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
Teaching the methods of geoscience in a mineralogy class Dave Mogk, Dept. Earth Sciences, Montana State University Mineralogy is often the "gateway" course to the geoscience major. As such, it plays an ...

Geoscience methods applied to real-world problems
Kathleen Harper, University of Montana-Missoula, The
Geoscience methods applied to real-world problems Kathleen Harper, Geosciences, The University of Montana, Missoula Many students come into my Physical Geology course with the impression that they are going to be ...

Teaching Geoscience Methods in the Field
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
Teaching geoscience methods in the field Dave Mogk, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Montana State University Learning in the field has traditionally been one of the fundamental components of the geoscience curriculum. ...

What should all citizens know about geoscience?
Basil Tikoff, UW Madison
What should all citizens know about geoscience? Basil Tikoff, Geoscience, Univeristy of Wisconsin - Madison The problem I'll just put it out there: The way we teach science at the introductory level is ...

Curiosity based learning and self-education
Paulo Hidalgo, Georgia State University
Curiosity based learning and self-education Paulo J. Hidalgo, Geosciences, Georgia State University I have always admired educators who were able to transform my lack of enthusiasm towards a subject into that of ...

Want better-prepared students? Teach teachers to think like geoscientists
Amy Ellwein, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Want better-prepared students? Teach teachers to think like geoscientists Amy Ellwein, Geology Program, Western State College of Colorado Among other courses, I teach inquiry-based, integrated lab-lecture science ...

Differences in the methodology and justification of the field sciences and the classical experimental sciences
Carol Cleland, University of Colorado at Boulder
Differences in the methodology and justification of the field sciences and the classical experimental sciences Carol Cleland, Department of Philosophy, Center for Astrobiology, University of Colorado at Boulder ...

Emphasizing the science in geoscience
Laurel Goodell, Princeton University
Emphasizing the Science in Geoscience Laurel Goodell, Geosciences, Princeton University Geoscience was not part of the curriculum when I went through the New Jersey public schools. Things have certainly improved ...


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